New enzyme invented that breaks down plastic waste in hours

The new recycling process could revolutionise how big industry reuses materials according to an article by Jane Dalton on The Independent website.   Scientists invent enzyme that can break down plastic waste in ‘hours instead of centuries’ Scientists have invented an enzyme variant they say can break down plastic waste in just hours or days … Continue reading New enzyme invented that breaks down plastic waste in hours

Researchers have invented a desalination device that can turn seawater into drinking water at the push of a button

 New technology can zap salt water to ensure good quality and do it almost instantaneously. Anthony Cuthbertson discusses the new innovation in an article on The Independent website.   New invention turns seawater into drinking water at the push of a button Researchers have invented a desalination device that can turn seawater into drinking water … Continue reading Researchers have invented a desalination device that can turn seawater into drinking water at the push of a button

Swedish and Japanese universities make advancement in the development of computers that can work as energy efficiently as a brain

development of computers that can work as energy efficiently as human brains. The “breakthrough” moment for UoG and partner Tohoko University transpired after a sustained period of research and significant funding by state agencies in Sweden and Japan over the period 2019 to 2021.   Gothenburg University makes breakthrough in energy efficient computers The University … Continue reading Swedish and Japanese universities make advancement in the development of computers that can work as energy efficiently as a brain

Scientists have developed a prototype window that can harvest heat in the winter and reflect it in the summer

A prototype window with switchable absorption properties, so that it can be set to harvest heat in the winter and reflect it in the summer, has recently been developed. The window relies on a film just 12 nanometres thick, containing a material that changes its state when heated up to high temperatures, using a transparent … Continue reading Scientists have developed a prototype window that can harvest heat in the winter and reflect it in the summer

New smart glass innovations for improving energy performance of buildings

Tim Radford writes on the Energy Mix website about research from both Singapore and the US that hold promise for important efficiency improvements. The author writes that each “is yet more testimony to the explosion of inventive thinking and technical ingenuity on show in the world’s laboratories and universities, as researchers seek new ways to … Continue reading New smart glass innovations for improving energy performance of buildings

Rethinking cement

The production of cement, the binding element in concrete, accounted for 7% of total global carbon dioxide emissions in 2018. Given the scale of the industry and its greenhouse gas emissions, technologies that can reinvent concrete could have profound impacts on climate change. At the University of Michigan, we are working on composites that produce … Continue reading Rethinking cement

Addressing climate change: “Wine and vine is like the canary in the coalmine”

Jacqui Goddard writes on The Times website about an interesting experiment that saw 12 bottles of red wine and 320 stems of merlot and cabernet sauvignon vines spend over a year on the International Space Station for a study that aims to adapt Earth’s agriculture to the challenges of climate change.   Wine aged in … Continue reading Addressing climate change: “Wine and vine is like the canary in the coalmine”

A senior official in the Trump administration may have violated US law by publishing papers downplaying the climate crisis

A White House spokesperson said the papers organised by NOAA scientist, Dr David Legates, were not cleared or approved by the administration. Louise Boyle discusses in an article on The Independent website.   ‘Grotesque disinformation’: Trump official fakes White House approval on papers that downplay climate crisis A senior official in the Trump administration may … Continue reading A senior official in the Trump administration may have violated US law by publishing papers downplaying the climate crisis

New wind power research centre in Norway will give priority to offshore wind research

A Renewable Energy Magazine news item describes the creation of a new wind power research centre in Norway, expecting its innovations to benefit Norway and the world at large. Northwind will bring together over 50 partners from research institutions and industry all around the world.   Norway Launches Major Wind Power Research Center Recently the … Continue reading New wind power research centre in Norway will give priority to offshore wind research

New material converts CO2 molecules into useful organic materials

It is encouraging to see new innovations that should play an important role in addressing our low carbon energy transition.  Research from the University of Tokyo and Jiangsu Normal University in China has developed new material converts CO2 molecules into useful organic materials. This was described in a news item on the phys.org website.   … Continue reading New material converts CO2 molecules into useful organic materials